Shared storage

Google has finally integrated storage between its three most data-intensive consumer platforms: Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+. The result? 5 extra GB of total Gmail storage, and 15GB of shared space among the three. This means you're no longer limited to 5GB of Google+ / Drive space, but all three services will now share the same "bucket."


For hardcore Gmail addicts, this comes with an added bonus: all Google Drive storage tiers now apply to your Gmail storage cap. That means a 100GB plan now means 100GB of potential Gmail storage, whereas Gmail had previously been capped at 25GB total storage with the old plans (some legacy plans may have had more than 25GB of Gmail storage).

The changes to storage are rolling out slowly, and may not be yet reflected on your storage settings page, or your Gmail inbox. The updated storage page on your Google account settings will also show how much data each of your Google services is using respective of your total, which is nice.

Google Apps accounts will be getting the shared storage upgrade, too, though they'll be getting a hefty 30GB of combined space.

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David Ruddock
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  • Nathaniel Webb

    Good Guy Google.

    • John

      Been hoping they'd do this for a hwhile now.

  • 0kti

    I have still 5GB on drive

    • jacob

      reading comprehension is not your forte.

      "The changes to storage are rolling out slowly, and may not be yet reflected on your storage settings page, or your Gmail inbox. "

  • spacekobra

    This is actually excellent. There was no way I was even going to use 1gb of gMail. Let alone 10.

    • Jeremy Powers

      Agreed. I am only at 1.6GB and am sitting on 37K Emails dating back to 04.

      • solomonsright

        and Google is gleefully examining each & every email - lol - Jk :-P

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Eh, I am at 8.5GB and was starting to get worried.

      • Freak4Dell

        6.2 for me, but I was also starting to get worried. Glad to know my email hoarding habit is safe for now.

      • spacekobra

        For just email? Or is that everything combined?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Pretty sure this was just email. I don't use my Apps account for anything else. Also 6GB for personal Gmail.

          • spacekobra

            My email feels so empty after hearing this. That's impressive though.

      • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

        I'm currently at 18.5 GB - and only because I had massive deleting sprees since I was at 99% many times and actually maxed out once (they rejected all my incoming mail due to lack of space in my google apps account - I never thought that error message was actually written) - I would have gladly bought more space but couldn't. I would have in the mid-30's now if I didn't have to delete stuff. (The Google Drive integration actually really started helping me.)

    • http://twitter.com/andrewf Andrew

      I never checked how much I'm using. I'm using 4.9 GB. There must be some attached files, I do not need anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/Bobby_Phoenix Bobby Phoenix

      I'm at 3.5GB since 6/2010. Got to clean some out. :p

  • thisislethal

    Does this let you attach a file from your Drive into GMail?

  • Guest

    Forgive my stupidity, after all are we getting more than 5GB space for files? Also, can anyone share a link to the page from the picture up there, idk why the link was removed from the browser.

    • http://twitter.com/gnomegineer Justin

      That page isn't actually live yet, and once the change rolls out to your account, drive, gmail, and google+ photos will all share the same 15gb bucket.

    • Nasko Hristov

      For files-yes you will be able to upload up to 15 GB, but then you won't be able to recieve e-mail or upload photos via phone to it. Here is the link: https://www.google.com/settings/storage/

  • Nevi_me

    If Google is releasing all these things before I/O, doesn't it make one wonder what they have in store at the thing? All the things that Google has released this past week would attract an applause from me at I/O, so people are either going to be silent or be applauding like crazy two days from now

    • Nasko Hristov

      Or talking 3 days about developing apps for its platforms for which actually I/O is for? But sure it would be better if we recieved all this joy at once...

      • Nevi_me

        I'm referring more to the keynote. I'm only ever interested in the Android and Maps developer streams, but as a consumer all these announcements would come as something that increases the excitement of watching

        • Nasko Hristov

          Same here.

  • noes

    Shame we're losing the $2.49/month upgrade option

    • Nasko Hristov

      Indeed, one offer at about 50GB for 3.00 USD would be perfect, money money money :( From what I can see, the storage is the same, I mean 15 GB for all, the better thing is for Gmail "hardcores"

    • Ryan Powell

      My Google Storage still shows me setup for 25GB at the $2.49 price. I wonder if they will legacy the $2.49/mo users in somehow or if they plan to force us to upgrade to the $5/mo plan.

      • noes

        the verge says you can stay in at $2.49. http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/13/4326994/google-unifies-gmail-photo-and-drive-storage

        the question i'm a bit lost on is..if i jump in on the 25gb tier now, does that mean my total storage will move to 40gb (25gb upgrade + move to 15gb) like people in the comments on that story suggest, or do i stay at 25gb?

        • Nasko Hristov

          I am thinking off doing this, but I have the same question, will it become 50GB or not?

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        You should be able to keep your $2.49/mo. I'm still on the old $5/yr for 20GB.

        You'll keep it as long as you keep your payment method up-to-date.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503010756 Tyler Lane

    Doesn't look like it's hit my google apps domain yet.

    • John O’Connor

      The original article specified that it will roll out over the next few weeks.

  • nawa

    This was as ridiculous as tons of Google messengers. I was waiting for this move all the last year. I like how they are unifying everything, now we need messengers and app stores to unify. :)

  • Waleed Kamel

    I can see it's 30 GB in the blog?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      30 for Apps users, 15 for Gmail.

  • Andrew

    Does this mean that all my thousands of emails are going to cut into my Drive space? Am I going to get the extra 10gb on top of my existing Drive capacity? I instantly read this and groaned, while everyone else seems to be cheering.

    • Freak4Dell

      You can mentally keep it separate if you wish. It's not cutting into anything. You had 5GB plus 10GB before, and now you have 15GB, which is still 5GB plus 10GB.

  • atlouiedog

    What happens to my email if I fill up my storage? Will emails start bouncing if I accidentally point an auto-upload app at the wrong folder and max out my space? Do they just put big annoying warnings up on gmail?

    • David Becker

      Use google:

      First result answers your question.

      • atlouiedog

        Oh look, it's this guy. I know what happened yesterday. I'm wondering about what happens now and if they changed anything. It's a lot easier to accidentally fill up your storage suddenly when all of your HD videos start automatically uploading than it was when you just had email and relatively small attachments.

  • bro

    what about picassa?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Isn't Picasa web storage now just Google+ Photos?

      • bro

        a while back it seemed that g+ photos were managed by picassa and not the other way around like what you're saying... that's why I'm asking.

        • Nasko Hristov

          Picasa is going to be shut down at some point as it seems Google+ Photos will take Picasa's duties.

    • Nasko Hristov

      No more picassa, just forget about it, I give it no more than 1 year until full shutdown.

  • http://twitter.com/pertzepzioa Aditya Krishnan

    great. my 98cent gmail is full

  • RitishOemraw

    And whatabout those instant upload photo's below the size limit that didn;t count before...will they still not count towards the cap?

  • squiddy20

    I go through all my email accounts occasionally and delete pretty much all of the unimportant stuff. The college I attended provided me with a Gmail, and after every semester, I'd purge, consolidate, and label all those emails. I sorta do the same thing with the Gmail I have associated with my Android devices. As of this moment, I'm using less than 1% of the 10GB.

  • jacob

    Does anyone know if we'll still be able to upload unlimited photos to Google+ at ~2MP?

    • Nasko Hristov

      Yes you will be able, also if u run out of space and you have turned this option on, it will crop your photos to the resolution/where it is avaialbe unlimited upolad./

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bfm-Magee/100001396842793 Bfm Magee

    Will there every be an affiliate program for Google Play similar to iTunes and Amazon for affiliate links and directing traffic, etc.? Seems odd they don't have one yet.

  • http://twitter.com/HandNF NF

    This is exciting. I'm an avid Gmail user, but not enough that I'll gleefully accept more Drive space.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    No i still have 5GB, it wont let me change the language and it wont work with a folder i specify!